Archive for December 29th, 2014

into the woods


by Sam Juliano

Christmas Day 2014 is now in the past, but New Year’s Eve festivities are upcoming.  Weather in the northeast has been relatively benign, though we are hearing of horror stories in other parts of the countries.  Culture mavens have had the chance to immerse themselves during the richest time of the year, and similarly football fans are looking ahead to the playoffs.  Opera fans have the monthly simulcasts in area theaters, bringing the Metropolitan Opera to the home front.

The Caldecott Medal Contender series is going full throttle and will continue until the first of February.  The American Library Association Awards are set to announce on the 2nd.  Sachin Gandhi’s superlative Best Films of the Year list published this past week at his own site, Scribbles and Ramblings and here at WitD.  My own list will be published on or around January 10th as per normal annual procedure, and others from Jaimie Grijalba, Maurizio Roca, Jon Warner and Duane Porter are also being planned for WitD publication when ready.  Jim Clark’s magnificent and exhaustive review of Jacques Demy’s Donkey Skin published to great acclaim this past week.  Some of the movie action has shifted to Facebook, where on my own page numerous pollings have been conducted.  This past week 2001: A Space Odyssey was named the greatest Stanley Kubrick film ever in answer to a query asking voters to list their Top 5.  The new poll going up tomorrow considers the James Bond series. (more…)

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